Royals share update on Queen’s ‘favourite pony’ with new photo after funeral

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    The Royal Family have posted an update on the Queen's favourite pony whose appearance at the state funeral made for emotional viewing.

    Emma the fell pony was seen bowing her head at the Queen's hearse as it made its sombre journey to Westminster Abbey.

    Stud groom Terry Pendry laid the Queen's Hermes headscarf – which she would wear while riding – across Emma's saddle in a fitting tribute to the Queen's love of horse-riding and Emma in particular.

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    Now a brand new photo of Emma has been shared by the Palace.

    In a tweet, the Royal Family said: "For the past fifteen years, Queen Elizabeth regularly rode Emma for light exercise in the grounds around Windsor Castle."

    "Emma paid tribute to Her Majesty during the Ceremonial Procession in Windsor on Monday, September 19. She will continue to be much-loved and cared for at the Royal Mews, Windsor, and regularly exercised by its small, dedicated team."

    Emma – full name Carltonlima Emma – was bred at the Murthwaite Stud Farm in Cumbria and was just eight when the Queen first started riding her.

    Emma's breeder once described the horse, who was bought by the Queen in 2004, as "a wonderful servant to Her Majesty" who she would ride around Windsor Castle well into her twilight years.

    Pendry said: "The Queen adored Emma and rode her for more than 20 years so it was only right she should have been there, and she behaved impeccably.

    "I think she probably had some sort of sixth sense that Her Majesty wouldn't be riding her anymore and she did her proud by standing there so respectfully."

    The Queen's passion for horse-riding was well known and is thought to have been sparked by her grandfather King George V when he gifted her a Shetland pony called Peggy.

    She was highly knowledgeable on all things horses and her normally reserved emotion often came out at races at Royal Ascot and the Derby at Epsom.

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